Advisors to the World’s Most Accomplished (and Aspiring) Foodservice Industry Leaders

Restaurant Consultants Aaron Allen & Associates


Aaron Allen & Associates advises many of the largest and most successful foodservice and hospitality companies globally with an unparalleled breadth and depth of experience across categories, cuisines, geographies, functional areas, ownership types, service styles, operating platforms, and phases of the business lifecycle.

One of the World’s Most Sought-After and Quoted Restaurant Industry Authorities

How We Help

From insights to ideation to implementation, we bring practical and relevant experience ranging from the dish room to the boardroom. 

We track the $3.1 trillion global consumer foodservice industry down to the transaction level and apply a holistic and integrated approach to strategic issues related to growth and expansion, performance optimization, guest experience, and enterprise value enhancement. 

Who We Serve

Our clients span six continents and 100+ countries, collectively posting more than $200b in revenue. Across 2,000+ engagements, we’ve worked in nearly every geography, category, cuisine, segment, operating model, ownership type, and phase of the business life cycle.

We serve a broad and diverse client base spanning all forms of foodservice and hospitality. Our work includes advising chained restaurants, hotels, private equity investors, airports, airlines, caterers, contract and institutional foodservice, travel centers, suppliers, and distributors, on strategic issues ranging from marketing and master planning to portfolios and product development.

Select Highlights of Our Client Experience

restaurant trends 2019

Volatility, variance, disruption, and downright white-knuckle rides await us all in 2019, at least on some level. Whether your company will be up, down, or skidding sideways depends on a

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foodservice industry in the middle east

The new normal in the GCC is unsettling. Collectively holding their breath through the hardships that have beset regional operators beginning in Q4-2015, stakeholders and shareholders alike are growing ever

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Many public company restaurant CEOs have been called on recently to answer for their sluggish responses to the emerging challenges that characterize the modern foodservice era. Oftentimes, their responsibly-worded reply

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Casual Dining Restaurant Chains Entering Dangerous Waters

In 2008, Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes told a Motley Fool writer that “neither RedBox nor Netflix are even on the radar screen in terms of competition.” Just a few short

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restaurant board of advisors

They say the best way to grow mushrooms is to keep them in the dark and feed them manure. Some boards are relegated to the same regimen. While it is

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The biggest threats are often those that few see coming. It’s a case of history repeating itself with companies being wiped out by disruptive forces that were often dismissed when

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menu engineering

Margins are being compressed for restaurants and foodservice operators around the world. Nearly every geography, cuisine, and operating model is being hit with increased costs relative to rent, labor, commodities,

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restaurant investment

While we expect M&A activity to continue to pick up over the next five years, those leveraging the best insights regarding the evolution of the market landscape to inform a

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